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Jack Tol on March 24, 2011

En nu nog broodjes hamburger in dit formaat Erik.

Leuke foto en goed gespot.



Erik van den Ham on March 24, 2011

I've got some Catching up to do

Art, giant ketchup bottle at the botanic gardens of Utrecht.

art by:Paul McCarthy

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McCarthy studied art at the University of Utah in 1969. He went on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute receiving a BFA in painting. In 1972 he studied film, video, and art at the University of Southern California receiving an MFA. From 1982 to 2002 he has taught performance, video, installation, and performance art history at the University of California, Los Angeles. McCarthy currently works mainly in video and sculpture.

Originally formally trained as a painter, McCarthy's main interest lies in everyday activities and the mess created by them.[1] Much of his work in the late 1960s, such as Mountain Bowling (1969) and Hold an Apple in Your Armpit (1970) are similar to the work of Happenings founder Allan Kaprow, with whom McCarthy had a professional relationship.[1]


"Santa Claus with a Buttplug" (2007), a 24 meter high inflatable work by Paul McCarthy displayed at a public park in Antwerp, Belgium, October 2007 Sweet Brown Snail by Jason Rhoades and Paul McCarthy at the Bavariapark and the Verkehrszentrum of the Deutsche Museum in Munich.

Paul McCarthy misleadingly is often considered to be influenced by the Viennese Actionism. Although by his own statement the happenings of the group were known to him in the 1970s, he sees a clear difference between the self-injurious actions of the Viennese and his own performances: "Vienna is not Los Angeles. My work came out of kids' television in Los Angeles. I didn' t go through Catholicism and World War II as a teenager, I didn't live in a European environment. People make references to Viennese art without really questioning the fact that there is a big difference between ketchup and blood. I never thought of my work as shamanistic. My work is more about being a clown than a shaman."In his early works, McCarthy sought to break the limitations of painting by using the body as a paintbrush or even canvas; later, he incorporated bodily fluids or food as substitutes into his works. In a 1974 video, Painting, Wall Whip, he painted with his head and face, "smearing his body with paint and then with ketchup, mayonnaise or raw meat and, in one case, feces." His work evolved from painting to transgressive performance art, psychosexual events intended to fly in the face of social convention, testing the emotional limits of both artist and viewer. An example of this is his 1976 piece Class Fool, where McCarthy threw himself around a ketchup spattered classroom at the University of California, San Diego until dazed and injured. He then vomited several times and inserted a Barbie doll into his rectum. The piece ended when the audience could no longer stand to watch his performance.

McCarthy's work in the 1990s, such as Painter (1995), often seeks to undermine the idea of "the myth of artistic greatness" and attacks the perception of the heroic male artist.

McCarthy’s transfixion with Johanna Spyri’s novel Heidi led to his 1992 video and installation, Heidi: Midlife Crisis Trauma Center and Negative Media-Engram Abreaction Release Zone, which he collaborated on with Mike Kelley.

During the summer of 2008, Paul McCarthy’s inflatable “Complex Shit”, installed on the grounds of the Paul Klee Centre in Bern, Switzerland, took off in a wind bringing down a power line, breaking a greenhouse window, and broke a window at a children’s home. This incident was widely reported internationally via news outlets in several languages with headlines like “Huge turd catastrophe for museum” and “Up in the sky: is it a turd or a plane?”

McCarthy has created several Christmas-themed works. Through them, he combines the dismal aesthetic and the real meaning of Christmas. His 2001 'Santa Claus' was created for the City of Rotterdam. Due to some controversies (there were a lot of sexual connotations with this work of art, as it was called Gnome Buttplug), the statue wasn't placed at its original meant location 'De Koopgoot', but was placed on November 28, 2008 on the Eendrachtsplein in Rotterdam.

In November 2009, an exhibition called “White Snow” was held at Hauser & Wirth New York, featuring McCarthy’s mixed-media works centered on the character Snow White from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

Erik van den Ham on March 24, 2011

Haha Jack dit formaat MEGA burger hebben ze ook niet bij de MacD!

Closed on March 25, 2011

Yummy art Erik!

This reminds me.. what I forgot at the market today! It's okay, I'll just borrow yours eh :) L

Bon appetit! :)GG

Erik van den Ham on March 25, 2011

Bojour madame, Jack already ordered a Mega Burger for this king size bottle of 'Daddies'. Take all the ketchup you need I've got plenty!

Good luck in Ketching up Ketchup, Erik

bdeh on March 25, 2011

Er wordt erg verdeeld gereageerd op de kunst van McCarthy Erik, vooral in Rotterdam was een felle discussie over zijn Santa Claus. Groeten Berend

Erik van den Ham on March 25, 2011

Ja ik weet het maar ja wat verwacht je van zo'n heilige met een enorme BP in zijn handen.

Nadia Kushnir on March 25, 2011


Peter Dubèl on March 26, 2011

de hele serie is heel leuk Erik zo zie je maar wie wat bewaard…


Erik van den Ham on March 26, 2011

Glad you Like ketchup Nadia.

Dat is cker zo Peter zit nu alleen met een klein (groot) probleem deze enorme fles ketchup is over datum!

Fijn weekend, Erik

Jan de Boer on April 1, 2011

Was het spicy tomato juice?

Erik van den Ham on July 5, 2011

Was een grapje zeker Jan (zo te oordelen aan de datum).

Sorry had je berichtje hier gemist!

Jan de Boer on September 2, 2011

Ik hou van spicy tomatenketchup. Er zal nu wel een nieuwe staan als de tentoonstelling nog doorgaat.


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